Archive for Curriculum
Some things I’ve learned in our first two years of homeschooling.
1. My older daughter can, with very little help, independently learn math and science.
2. My younger daughter struggles with the busy work of math. (Truly how many times do you have to do addition drills before you’re confident 2+2 (still) = 4?)
3. My girls LOVE reading together. They learn and retain more from the simple act of me reading to them than I ever thought possible.
4. Science is fun, but too many experiments eventually wear out even the most stalwart student!
5. We still haven’t mastered following the “rabbit trail” of learning a subject based on the girls interest rather than on a prescribed schedule of learning. This is an area I really want to focus on this year.
For the past two years we have been using Sonlight curriculum. It has really worked for us because we love the reading. I can’t count the lovely hours we have spent snuggled up on the couch reading the enumerable books included in each year’s curriculum. At the same time all the busy work seemed to stifle some of our creativity. Honestly, I would get so stressed about making sure we did everything suggested in the teacher’s binder that, well, let’s just say I would lose my cool, a lot. So this year I really felt like it was time to change it up. I didn’t want to change all the reading just some of the busy work and honestly, I needed something cheaper. Knowing Sonlight is based on the Charlotte Mason method, I began to search the web for our options. I also spoke with other homeschooling families allowing others to share their favorite methods with me.
After much prayer and planning we decided to use Simply Charlotte Mason. Simply Charlotte Mason (SCM) was started by two veteran homeschooling families who have been using Charlotte Mason’s methods of teaching for several decades. They share their wealth of knowledge through a free curriculum guide, ebooks, articles, and countless other tools. I found the website to be extremely well thought out and useful for our planning and because so much of the information is offered for free it was perfect for our budget!
As for the books we purchased we were able to find most all of them in good used condition. We did purchase our math, history guide, and spelling new. In the end we saved ourselves more than $500! The savings was a huge blessing to our family.
Another benefit of not having the day to day guide telling me exactly what do is that it caused me to diligently seek the Lord for guidance in how to put our school year together. So I put together a plan and set goals for the girls and our family. I revisit it often to make sure we are staying on track, but I don’t obsess over it. We are all much more relaxed. We are truly enjoying our homeschool year!
A new line of exercise videos just for kids!
Focusing on getting your kids up and moving. Set to high-energy Christian music, these videos are sure to inspire your family. Our first two releases are for your elementary-aged kids, K-3rd grade and 4th-6th grades.
The videos will be available for purchase and immediate download to your computer or video capable device, or on DVD from Amazon.
Releasing in time for your Fall 2011 curriculum purchase!